Tuesday, April 24, 2012

had my dream, my head's up and on that broad avenue

More from CaleCraft.

(from the Minecrafting album)

Animal husbandry is more a hit-and-miss proposition in Minecraft, and it's still very quirky besides. Take cows, for instance. Feed a cow a piece of wheat and they fall in "love" and will follow you around--until they see another cow that's been recently fed wheat.
(from the Minecrafting album)

Then, those cows will circle each other--or, whatever definition of "circle" exists in a world composed only of squares and angles--and poof! A calf appears. It's all very improbable.

Unfortunately, when I was testing out the new slapdash cow pen--really, just a hole dug in the ground attached to a separate laddered entrance--the cows seemed to find that interest nearly as compelling as wheat. Which is why you see the "circle" performed in that very narrow ladder aperture.
(from the Minecrafting album)

And thus, baby cow! And the circle of virtual cube life continues.
(from the Minecrafting album)

There's a new type of passive mob in Minecraft. Up until the next iteration (post-these two pics), cats were the single coolest thing in the game. You caught a fish; you fed a jungle ocelot fish; then they were your cat, and their spots change to black fur, Siamese markings, or tabby stripes.
Fawkes Allen caught an ocelot early in the game, and carefully parked it outside the mountain base, to keep creepers from our door. It worked like a dream, too--because for reasons known only to Jens and Notch, creepers haaate cats.
(from the Minecrafting album)

Cats tend to orient themselves, whether standing or sitting, to face the player nearest them. It's cool and creepy at the same time.

Unfortunately, with the next update, about one week later, cats' general behavior changed. At that point they were able to move, even if "told" to sit and guard, and their default favorite places became beds (so you couldn't lay down and sleep) and chests (so you couldn't open them). (Not even kidding on this, Jens was blatant about it.)
(from the Minecrafting album)

In all seriousness, it took about fifteen minutes for me to get this shot. EVERY time I moved to get a profile shot, the damned cat moved to face me!
Unfortunately, a few days after this shot was taken, the cat--as far as I know, named "Cat"--was lost in a tragic skeleton mishap. Cats, like wolves and more farm-based passive mobs like sheep, cows, pigs and ducken--can die if they're in the path of an attack mob. Not creepers, that's REALLY rare, but skeletons can "miss" and shoot cats when they're trying to shoot a zombie, or another skeleton that attacked them.

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